Jenna, Love get January launch on CBS

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CBS is launching two series in January, the comedy The Jenna Elfman Show, which will take over the Monday 9:30 p.m. slot, and the comedy-drama Love Monkey, which will bridge the two installments of The Amazing Race Tuesdays at 9 p.m.

The Jenna Elfman Show, slated to premiere January 23, stars the Dharma & Greg actress as a successful lawyer looking for true love. Freshman comedy Out of Practice, which occupies the Monday 9:30 p.m. period, will go on hiatus, returning in March.

Love Monkey, which stars Tom Cavanagh (Ed) as a single record executive, will premiere January 17.

Because CBS has given full-season orders to all of its freshman series but Threshold (a decision on the future of the sci-fi drama is expected shortly), the network doesn't have many available slots for its midseason series. Two of them, the comedy The New Adventures of Old Christine and the drama The Unit, will not get on the air until at least March.

Meanwhile, UPN has cut the order for midseason drama South Beach to eight episodes for scheduling reasons. Beginning in January, the series will run in the Wednesday 8 p.m. hour, linking the two seasons of America's Next Top Model.

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